AT A GLANCE
* What's the Buzz...?
* From the President
* From Karen Blocher
* You Spoke...We
* From the Member
* Special Exhibits!
* From the Vice-
* From the Grant
* See Our Quilt Shows
What's "the Buzz..."?
June is a big month for NQA! In less than two weeks we will be opening the doors to our largest event of the year: The 43rd Annual NQA Quilt Show in Columbus, Ohio. You will find lots of information in the articles below.
If you are at the show, please stop by the NQA booth and say "hi". I hope to see you there!
Remember to visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/NQA-National-Quilting-Association/112254952228007
Kathy Lichtendahl, Communications Chairperson
From the President - Judy Taylor
The Annual NQA Business Meeting will be held at the NQA Quilt Show on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at 12 noon in the NQA Lecture Hall, rooms C120-121. If you are planning on attending the show on Saturday, we invite you to come and meet your Board members, including President-Elect, Ruth Pollow. It's a wonderful opportunity to hear what's happening in NQA. Speaking of hearing, we are always excited to have this time to hear from you, our members, on what you think we are doing right and where you think we can improve. We welcome your thoughts, comments and recommendations on new benefits of membership, suggestions for the show, the Web site and the Quilting Quarterly. We hope to see you there!
Until next time, happy quilting!
Judy Taylor, President
From Karen Blocher - NQA Secretary
Let the party begin!
We are excited to throw open the doors to the Exhibit Hall, where you will find hundreds of competition quilts, six special exhibits and 100 vendors. Please join us for seated dinners at the Preview Party on Wednesday, The Thursday Night Gathering with Paula Nadelstern, and the 25th Anniversary Gala that precedes the Little Quilt Auction on Friday.
Although many of our classes are closed, there are still a few spaces, and some classes require no preparation on your part. A list of available classes will be posted at the Registrar’s desk daily.
If you have a few minutes, sit in on the free lectures throughout all three show days. Learn some tips, some tricks, or a new technique from our expert presenters.
If you’ve forgotten your camera, or you want exquisite photographs of the competition quilts, a CD is available for purchase to take your memories home with you.
We can’t wait to see you there!
From Barbara Polston, Editor, The Quilting Quarterly
You Spoke...We Answered
The number one negative comment that we receive about The Quilting Quarterly is that issues arrive damaged. There are many ways this can occur, from banding for delivery to the Post Office at our printer/mailer, to handling by bulk mail equipment in Postal Service facilities, to mishandling at the local Post Office. We’ve been searching for a cost-effective solution to this problem...and here it is!
Beginning with your 2012 Show Special issue, your membership magazine will arrive in a poly bag. The NQA Board of Directors has agreed to this additional cost to, hopefully, ensure that your membership magazine arrives in pristine condition. We are very fortunate that our current printer/mailer, Documation out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, can perform this service in-house, adding only a day or two to our production schedule. In addition, this opens more opportunities for NQA. We will now be able to produce the Quilt Show Registration Guide as a separate piece and bag it with your magazine. The 2013 Quilt Show Registration Guide will arrive with your Projects Special Issue in December.
The Quilting Quarterly team hopes that this change increases your satisfaction with your membership magazine experience. We believe that your subscription to The Quilting Quarterly is one of the top benefits of membership to The National Quilting Association and we strive to bring you a good mix of NQA news, articles, and patterns. We continue to welcome your comments and suggestions at email@example.com.
From the Members Services Chair - Lois Arnold
Can you feel the excitement building? I sure can! In just a few short days we will be together in Columbus, OH, for the 43rd Annual NQA Quilt Show! You ARE coming aren’t you? Hope to see you there among the quilts and vendors and especially among the NQA members!
Our June Member in the Spotlight is Jeanne Knudsen showing her wonderful art quilts. These are wonderful, not to miss quilts!. Be sure to stop by the Member Spotlight area at http://www.nqaquilts.org/ ASAP. You will be glad you did!
From Andi Perejda - Education Chair
The show will have some exciting new exhibits this year! The New York City Modern Quilt Guild will have a special display of quilts, curated by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. A Santa Barbara, California, fiber arts group, Fibervision, will also have a display of 18 pieces, showcasing a variety of approaches to quilting and fiber art. And be sure to view the exhibit, Color Journey, featuring 32 quilts, each made by an NQA Certified Judge! It should be amazing!
New Bees Classes are the newest, best thing! These classes are for beginning quilters and will be taught by Connie Davidson, a Certified Teacher. Learn basic skills in these half-day classes and you don't even have to bring any supplies!
From Linda Miller - Vice-President
This year I have the awesome task of being a co-director with two of the people I admire so much in the quilting world, Karen Blocher and Judy Taylor. We are putting on the final touches to a great show, and are excited about seeing everyone and showing off the quilts and the vendors. Last minute details are being seen to, and we are getting ready for the party! If you can come at the last minute, please do so, because it is going to be such FUN! I have been proofreading the gallery cards, and I am anxious to see those beautiful quilts. I love the way that our show shares in the stories of the quilt creations. Of course, the absolutely BEST way to really spend time with the quilts is to volunteer to white glove. We let you wear white gloves and touch the quilts, and this year we even have volunteer aprons so you can be spotted easily in the aisles to give assistance when needed. Our aprons have pockets for the cell and the tissue (or whatever you deem necessary to take with you), and you get to win a gift when your shift is over. Seems like the best of both worlds to me! Afternoon white gloving is still needed, so consider coming to the show and signing up at the volunteer room first so you can see the show free in the morning and white glove in the afternoon. If you want to plan it out, just email Sheri at firstname.lastname@example.org. See you soon!
From Cindy Casciato - Grants Program Chair
This year marks our 25th annual Little Quilt Auction and we are celebrating in a big way!
Stop by our booth and see for yourself a small sampling of all the wonderful grants that have been awarded by the NQA Grant Program with the monies raised from the many generous donations of Little Quilts.
Register to bid in our daily silent auction and take home a treasure of your own as a keepsake from this memorable 2012 Little Quilt Auction Event.
Even better, join us on Friday night for the live auction and get in the excitement of the bidding frenzy.
Bee part of our event and help us continue the legacy of the NQA Grant Program that is reaching through the generations to keep quilting alive in our communities.
SOQS – SEE OUR QUILT SHOWS – 11 Shows in the next 60 days!
If you want to see some beautiful raffle quilts by NQA chapters, click the Raffle Quilt tab on the NQA Homepage---we have some beauties on the site. Come on over: www.nqaquilts.org.
June 2-3, 2012 – Letort Quilt Guild, Carlisle, PA
June 2-3, 2012 – West Alabama Quilters Guild, Tuscaloosa, AL
June 7-10, 2012 – Smoky Mountain Quilters Guild, Cullowhee, NC
June 8-9, 2012 – Green Country Quilters Guild, Tulsa, OK
June 8-9, 2012 – Nacogdoches Quilters Guild, Nacogdoches, TX
June 9-10, 2012 – Annapolis Quilt Guild, Annapolis, MD
June 22-23, 2012 – Quilters By the Sea Guild, Hampstead, NC
June 23-24, 2012 – Shenandoah Valley Quilters Guild, Harrisonburg, VA
July 20-21, 2012 – Ohio Star Quilters Guild, Port Clinton, OH
July 27-28, 2012 – Millennium Quilters, Bridgeport, WV
July 27-29, 2012 – Pine Tree Quilters Guild, Augusta, ME